Well, everyone is a critic, or so it turns out. The botched stain attempt on my built in cabinetry tops - i went a little dark to mask some blotchy stain to get me through the holiday. I set the tops for the stain to dry yesterday and planned on applying a couple of coats of shellac before installing them last night. After the holiday i was going to pull them back off and into the shop for stripping/restaining & refinishing.
So, after i walked in the door from work last night, my wife mentions "oh, and there's a chance that the cat walked across the cabinetry tops". Bare tacky stain with no finish coat whatsoever to protect it. OK . . . pause . . . count to ten . . . then go have a look.
Footprints and cat hair all over. I spent a few minutes trying to spot fix one area - enough to realize that there is no way to make this look passable unless you're into the fuzzy, splotchy, mottled look. What did i ever do to the cat? I suppose i need to negotiate with him about "do's and don'ts" next time.
Paul Hubbman - builder of the "Pluto (cat's name) memorial" dining room built-in cabinetry.